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Photographic and Imaging Arts–Fine Art Photography (formerly Professional Photographic Illustration–Fine Art Photography) BFA

Semester Requirements

Willie Osterman, Program Chair
(585) 475-2782, wtopph@rit.edu

http://photography.rit.edu

Program overview

The program options in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences are designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers in photographic and related imaging fields. Studies in photographic practices provide both technical and creative experiences for visual problem solving. The principles of imaging are taught through courses investigating the tools and processes used to make pictorial- and information-based images and multimedia productions. All first year students are required to have their own hand held digital SLR camera and a professional light meter, among other items.

Students have the opportunity to supplement their course work with participation in cooperative education, internships, study abroad, field trips, presentations by invited guests/guest lecturers, departmental student organizations, and related activities.

Students are urged to take advantage of Rochester’s historic connection with photography. A comprehensive schedule of programs, including exhibitions, lectures, and seminars, is offered by the city’s array of cultural institutions.

Accreditation

The BFA program options and the MFA program in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Fine art photography option

The fine art photography option is designed to encourage and facilitate a student’s artistic development, sensitivity, and uniqueness as a visual artist. The department’s objective is to provide each student with a rich potential for personal growth as well as a lifetime of thought-provoking and challenging work in creative imaging and related fields. Students majoring in fine art photography receive the BFA degree in professional photographic illustration.

Curriculum

Photographic and imaging arts (fine art photography option), BFA degree, typical course sequence, (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
PHAR-101 Photo Arts I 4
PHPS-106 Photo Technology I (SMTL) 3
ARTH-135 LAS Perspective 2: Survey of Western Art and Architecture I  3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
PHAR-102 Photo Arts II 4
PHPS-107 Photo Technology II (SMTL) 3
ARTH-136 LAS Perspective 3: Survey of Western Art and Architecture II 3
FDTN-111 Drawing 3
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
  Choose two of the following:  6
PHAR-201 Elements: Fine Art  
PHAR-202 Elements: Advertising  
PHAR-203 Elements: Photojournalism  
PHAR-204 Elements: Visual Media  
FDTN-121 2D Design 3
  LAS Perspective 4 3
PHAR-211 History and Aesthetics I 3
   Open electives  6
FDTN-141  4D Design 3
  LAS Elective 3
PHAR-212 History and Aesthetics II 3
Third Year
PHFA-301 Fine Art Core I   3
Choose one of the following sequences: 9
     Motion Media‡  
     Analog§  
     Digital Media**  
  Fine Art Photography Electives 6
  CIAS Elective†† 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
PHFA-302  Fine Art Core II   3
PHFA-401 Professional Development for Artists (WI) 3
Fourth Year
Choose one of the following courses: 3
   PHFA-345    Art and the Internet  
   PHFA-355    Color Photo Seminar  
   PHFA-361    Retouch and Restore  
   PHFA-362    The Fine Print Workflow  
   PHFA-363    Black and White I  
   PHFA-364    Black and White II  
   PHFA-366    Advanced Retouching Composite Image  
   PHFA-373    Moving Image I  
   PHFA-375    Zone System and Fine Print  
  CIAS Electives†† 9
  Free Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 3 3
PHFA-402 Fine Art Portfolio 3
  Fine Art Photography Elective 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 122

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

(SMTL) Refers to science, math, technical literacy requirement.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

‡ Motion media sequence has two required courses, Moving Media I (PHFA-373) and Moving Media II (PHFA-374), plus one of the following courses: Art and the Internet (PHFA-345), Color Photography Seminar (PHFA-355), or Constructed Image (PHFA-159).

§ Analog sequence has two required courses, Black and White I (PHFA-363) and Black and White II (PHFA-364), plus one of the following courses: Color Photography Seminar (PHFA-355) or Zone System and Fine Print (PHFA-375).

** Digital media sequence has two required courses, Retouch and Restore (PHFA-361) and The Fine Print Workflow (PHFA-362), plus one of the following courses: Art and the Internet (PHFA-345), Color Photography Seminar (PHFA-355), or Advanced Retouching composite Image (PHFA-366).

†† CIAS elective refers to any course in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Additional information

Internships

Our students apply for internships with some of the nation’s most respected print and online photo venues, museums, galleries, advertising agencies and photo archives. They work behind the camera or in creative collaboration on a variety of photo-related professional and cultural activities and have the opportunity to learn from photographers, picture editors, art directors, curators and other professionals in the always exciting world of fine art photography. Students receive assistance from their professors, as well as from the Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services, in identifying and applying for internships. Internships provide real-world work experience, which is an invaluable part of our students’ educational experience.

Career opportunities

Graduates find careers as exhibiting artists, photo educators, picture editors, art directors, photographers’ representatives, photographic archivists or curators, museum and gallery staff, multimedia specialists, self-employed photographers, custom-image printers, and film/video artists or animators. Many students choose to pursue graduate work and earn an MFA degree in the arts.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

The programs of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences are designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers in photographic and related imaging fields. Studies in photographic practices provide both technical and creative experiences for visual problem solving. The principles of imaging are taught through courses investigating the tools and processes used to make pictorial-, data-, and information-based images. All first year students are required to have their own hand held small- or medium-format digital SLR camera and a professional light meter.

Students have the opportunity to supplement their course work with participation in cooperative education, internships, study abroad programs, field trips, presentations by invited guests/guest lecturers, departmental student organizations, and related activities.

Students are urged to take advantage of Rochester’s historic connection with photography. A comprehensive schedule of programs, including exhibitions, lectures, and seminars, is offered by the city’s array of cultural institutions.

Fine art photography option

The fine art photography option is designed to encourage and facilitate a student’s artistic development, sensitivity, and uniqueness as a visual artist. The department’s objective is to provide each student with a rich potential for personal growth as well as a lifetime of interesting and challenging work in creative imaging and related fields. Students majoring in fine art photography receive the BFA degree in professional photographic illustration.

Curriculum

Professional photographic illustration, fine art photography option, BFA degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
2067- 201, 202, 203 Photo Arts I, II, III 15
2039-225, 226, 227 Survey of Western Art and Architecture I, II, III 9
2076-211, 212, 213 Materials and Processes of Photography 9
  Liberal Arts* 12
1720-050, 0512 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
2067-xxx Photo Arts Elements 15
2067-306, 307, 308 History and Aesthetics of Photography 9
2013-211 Drawing I 3
2013-231 2D Design I 3
2013-xxx 4D Design 3
2067-xxx Career Seminar 1
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Wellness Education† 0
Third Year
2067-406, 407, 408 Photography as a Fine Art I, II, III 12
2067-416, 417 Contemporary Issues 8
  Modern Art History Elective 3
  Art History/Critical Study/Open Elective 3-4
  Minor or CIAS Electives‡ 6-9
  Liberal Arts* 12
Fourth Year
2067-506, 507, 508 Photography as a Fine Art II 12
  Minor or CIAS Electives‡ 18-22
  Open Electives 9-12
Total Quarter Credit Hours 181

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ RIT-approved minor and/or CIAS elective, minimum 28 credits required.

Additional information

Career opportunities

Graduates of the program find careers as exhibiting artists, teachers, picture editors, art directors, photographers’ representatives, photographic archivists, museum and gallery staff, multimedia specialists, self-employed photographers, custom-image printers, and film/video artists or animators. Many students choose to pursue graduate work and earn an MFA degree in the arts.